LP Makes Ballot in North Carolina

On May 15, Libertarians in North Carolina completed their final petition turn-in to complete their years long battle to certify the Libertarian Party of North Carolina as a political party within the state.

Today, the Greensboro News Record reported that their efforts have paid off and they have been certified:

North Carolina Elections Director Gary Bartlett said he is about to sign a letter that will give the Libertarian Party the same status as Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina.

“They have sufficient numbers to be recognized as a new party,” Bartlett said.

The LPNC drive was accomplished by a combination of activists gathering volunteer signatures and paid signatures gathered in large part by petitioner Darryl Bonner. The national party contributed over $50,000 to the effort while LPNC officials did their part by raising funds to be matched by national.

Congrats to to the LPNC and many thanks to all of the volunteers and donors who contributed to the effort!

15 Responses to “LP Makes Ballot in North Carolina”

  1. Gregg Jocoy Says:

    This is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations to the LPNC!

  2. Gene Trosper Says:

    I am very proud of the LPNC for this fantastic accomplisment! Great job!

  3. Nexus Says:

    Are we going to see similar kudos to other third parties as they gain ballot access?

  4. Wes Wagner Says:

    I am glad to see that National was matching funds to this effort and that it helped result in a success. This is the type of expenditure and investment I would expect and desire of money sent to a national level organization.

  5. Teddy Says:

    Congrates to LPNC. Way to go.

  6. Gary Odom Says:

    Sincere congratulations to the LP on NC, but in reality shouldn’t this site now change its name to Libertarian Party Watch (well as long as the right candidate gets nominated, I suppose).

    Doesn’t look like its any longer the place to come for an independent political report.

  7. Jonathan Says:

    BIG STATE ! It is quite an accomplishment

  8. timothy west Says:

    Thats because no other third party is as close to a enigma wrapped in a riddle posed by a unanswerable question as the LP is.

    Never before (or since) has a political party been founded with the primary goal of getting it’s candidates elected as an afterthought.

    Nolan - “..hey, maybe we’ll even get some elected!”

  9. Glenn Brown Says:

    That’s great. Althought I ‘m a supporter of the Constitution Party I know how hard it is to get on the Ballot. The New Mexico State Gov’t is giving the CP a very hard time. It is spending over a month to check signatures and the only party it doing this too.

  10. Green in Brooklyn Says:

    Congrats LPNC - a very tough hurdle to overcome in NC.

  11. End the Empire Says:

    All LP, GP, & CP candidates from city council to POTUS should educate the public on the UNFAIR ballot access laws the Ds and Rs put up to limit the voters choices. Most people have no idea how tough it is for independents and third party candidates. It’s easier to get on the ballot in Iraq than America…

  12. DebbieKat Says:

    @Nexus - I can’t speak for the rest of the folks, but I’m happy to see ANY third party get ballot access. I think it’s criminal that the republicans and democrats have locked down the ballots so much. There is no reasonable reason for this and it doesn’t benefit the public at all.

    There was a good interview that Nader gave with Kris Novacelic on a local radio station here in Seattle a month or so ago where he talked about the ridiculous ballot access rules in each state and how some states were much more difficult than others. First, I don’t understand why the states should be limiting who can be on the ballot for president of the country, let alone the smaller offices. Why should there be such rules for ballot access in the first place. Obviously, there should be SOME reasonable test for putting your name on the ballot, but having to gather millions of signatures in the period of a couple of weeks doesn’t seem very reasonable to me. And why the republicans and democrats no longer have to prove themselves to be on the ballot while other parties do doesn’t seem logical to me either.

  13. Jonathan Says:


  14. Peter Orvetti Says:

    Washington Times story on Barr:

  15. Jim Davidson Says:

    Congratulations to the North Carolinians who fought long and hard for this victory!

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